The Beach Boys were my first favorite band, and I think they still are. They are the reason I like pop music. And love songs.
I think this is the first really heavy band I got into. They wouldn’t be really considered conventionally heavy, I guess, but the first record has some pretty fuckin’ serious riffs. I guess they got me into riffs.
Smashing Pumpkins were my third favorite band, The Beatles being my second. Billy Corgan is probably my second favorite guitarist next to Randy Holden.
When I got super heavy into Smashing Pumpkins, I was super heavy into Veruca Salt, too. Its first album holds up and is still one of my fav rock records ever.
Everyone knows The Ramones are the best because they sound like The Beach Boys, but harder.
Hawkwind was the second space-rock band I got into and it really blew my mind. We are pretty influenced by them.
You can hear a lot of German ‘70s experimental sounds in our earlier albums, Can is one of my favorites, along with Amon Duul II, NEU!, Kraftwerk and La Dusseldorf.
Mountain was the band that got me into southern hard rock. They are great and heavy as hell.
The ultimate heavy guitar record. ULTIMATE!